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Dante Hannoun scored the shoot out winner as the visiting Victoria Royals came from behind to beat the Tri City Americans 5-4 Friday night.

The Royals led 3-1 after 20 minutes, but the Americans reversed the trend in the middle frame, scoring 3 goals to take the lead.

“After the second we came back, focussed on how we needed to play…we battled hard and grinded out the win.” Said Hannoun who also had an assist in regulation.

Vladimir Bobylev (16th) tied the game at 4 midway through the second period with his second of the night, which ultimately forced the extra innings and was named 1st star.

The Royals won their season high 7th in a row, and have points in 10 straight games (9-0-1-0). Victoria moves 2 back of Kelowna for the Western Conference lead, and 5 up on 3rd place Everett.

Tyler Soy (27th) opened the scoring short handed just :49 seconds in. Bobylev added to the lead on the power play to make it 2-0.

Tri City’s Maxwell James drew a charging minor for a hit on local product Keith Anderson of Victoria, James also drew 2 minutes for roughing on the same play, while both got 5 each for fighting.

On the Royals ensuing power play, Tyler Sandhu scored shorthanded for the Americans to cut into the lead 2-1.

“I thought we had a chance to take the game, take control of it. We had a 4 minute power play and give up a shorthanded goal, we didn’t have the urgency that we needed – but we found a way to win.” According to Head Coach Dave Lowry.

Victoria’s Regan Nagy restored the 2 goal lead while shorthanded before the first period was out.

Early in the second, Tri City’s Brendan O’Reilly, Nolan Yaremko (1g 1a) and Parker Wotherspoon (1g 1a) scored the three straight in a span of 1:13, spelling the end of Coleman Vollrath’s night, stopping 8 of 12.

Griffen Outhouse turned away 16 of 16 in relief, and 3 of 4 in the shoot out.

“Griffen made some key saves at the right times, that’s why we got the extra point.” Said Lowry.

Evan Sarthou started his 11th straight for Tri City, was pulled after 20 minutes allowing 3 goals on 7 Victoria shots. Nicholas Sanders came in to stop 19 of 20, and 2 of 4 in the skills competition.

Tyler Soy and Dante Hannoun scored in the shoot out while Jack Walker and Bobylev were denied.

Tyler Sandhu was the only American shooter to beat Outhouse.

Victoria was 1 for 6 on the power play while adding a pair of short handed goals. Tri City was 1 for 5 with the man advantage, and added a short handed tally as well.

“I liked the way we started, I liked our penalty kill and the fact that it scored a couple goals and gave us some life…” said Lowry

Victoria won the final two games of the 4 game season series and end with a record of (2-0-1-1).

Victoria plays in Portland Saturday night, in their 3rd meeting of the season. The Royals beat the Winterhawks twice at the start of the season at home by scores of 4-1 and 6-5.

After Victoria wraps up their 2 game US road swing, they’ll return home to face Everett Monday at 2pm, followed by Edmonton Tuesday night, completing a of stretch of 4 games in 5 nights.

– Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 5 (SO) at Tri-City Americans 4 – Status: End of Game SO
Friday, February 5, 2016 – Toyota Center – Kennewick, WA

Victoria 3 1 0 0 – 5
Tri-City 1 3 0 0 – 4

1st Period-

1, Victoria, Soy 27   0:49 (SH).

2, Victoria, Bobylev 15 (Hannoun, Reddekopp), 8:41 (PP).

3, Tri-City, Sandhu 12 (Yaremko, Wotherspoon), 11:51 (SH).

4, Victoria, Nagy 7 (Fisher), 17:54 (SH).

Penalties-Fisher Vic (tripping), 0:37; Stewart T.c (charging), 7:16; Anderson Vic (major-fighting), 11:31; James T.c (charging, roughing, major-fighting), 11:31; Hicketts Vic (elbowing), 17:42.

2nd Period-

5, Tri-City, O’Reilly 1 (Lukin, Rasmussen), 3:12.

6, Tri-City, Yaremko 3 (Stewart, Carlo), 3:41.

7, Tri-City, Wotherspoon 10 (Topping, McCue), 4:25 (PP).

8, Victoria, Bobylev 16 (Price, Hicketts), 11:05.

Penalties-Hicketts Vic (tripping), 3:52; Dmytriw Vic (high sticking, high sticking), 6:44; Lukin T.c (high sticking), 8:58; Carlo T.c (tripping), 15:38.

3rd Period-

No Scoring.

Penalties-Rasmussen T.c (hooking), 2:40.

OT Period-

No Scoring.

Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout –

Victoria 2 (Soy G, Walker NG, Bobylev NG, Hannoun G),

Tri-City 1 (Lukin NG, Sandhu G, Topping NG, Bowles NG).
Shots on Goal-

Victoria 7-8-9-3-1-28.

Tri-City 4-13-10-1-0-28.
Power Play Opportunities-

Victoria 1 / 6;

Tri-City 1 / 5.
Goalies-

Victoria, Vollrath 23-12-0-2 (12 shots-8 saves); Outhouse 10-3-2-1 (16 shots-16 saves). Tri-City, Sarthou 20-22-2-0 (7 shots-4 saves); Sanders 3-3-0-1 (20 shots-19 saves).
A-3,682
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Curtis Marouelli (86).
Linesmen-Michael McGowan (41), Nathan Van Oosten (115).

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